Friday, September 28, 2007

Movers and (Martini) Shakers in Palm Springs

I attended a great little mixer last night at the newest hotel gem in Palm Springs: The Colony Palm Hotel, at their restaurant, The Purple Palm. They served up a mean Sidecar for me, and left me wanting more. It was a great mix of familiar faces from the valley as well as a lot of "new blood" for the hotel/restaurant/bar scene, which hasn't had much new going on since The Parker opened up a few years ago. In the case of The Colony Palms, it's all glam and on the pool. It's a beautiful location, and they have done a great job of keeping the historic attributes of this once mobster-owned 1936 structure, which once had the multiple functions of being a brothel and a speakeasy. At a later time, Sea Biscuit's owner purchased this building, functioning as a Hollywood starlet respite for several years. It's great to see that some property owners in Palm Springs have the vision to keep a village identity intact, rather than to tear down and build huge buildings where once-historic places stood (such as the loss of the Doll House, the Biltmore). We are looking forward to attending the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation's party at The Willows, another venerable institution which has hosted such notables as Albert Einstein, Marion Davies, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard.

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